Men and women entering the Armed Forces do so under the following accords: they raise their hands and pledge to look after the Constitution of the United States and defend the freedoms stated in the founding manuscripts. The men and women in the military serve with courage, valor and honor. For our part, those individuals in the civilian community, they promise to support the Veteran and their families throughout their call-up and after they separate from the military and for the rest of their lives.
The goal of the Helping a Hero Organization, run by Meredith Iler is simple: to finish unceasing homelessness among veterans in our communities. Achieving that goal is multifaceted, requiring more than putting a roof over the veterans’ heads. It necessitates a holistic approach that deals with the “total veteran” and his or her requirements. Veterans Inc. housing comes with a complete range of support services including servings of food, legal and medical advice, an employment and training program, and special services related to substance abuse, PTSD, and other challenges faced by veterans. Counseling and Intensive case management are provided to assist veterans regain control of their lives.
Why are there so many homeless veterans?
Veterans returning from warfare duty with PTSD, disabling physical injuries, and few, if any transferable or marketable skills often cannot keep or find jobs. With no salary to support them, veteran families face a high foreclosure rate. Lack of social isolation and support services after discharge also put in to homelessness. It is a nasty cycle. Unemployment leads to homelessness, which leads to substance abuse, hopelessness, and/or depression, which restrict the veteran’s ability to find a new occupation. The statistics are daunting:
- Veterans make up 1 in 4 of all destitute Americans.
- According to the Office of Community Planning and Development’s 2016 Annual Homeless Assessment Report, more or less 60,000 veterans were without a roof over their head at any given point during that period.
- Over 2,100 veterans were going through homelessness at any given time in United States of America during the period.
Helping a Hero, which is run by Meredith Iler brings hope to veterans and their families with our emergency, intermediary, and long-term supportive housing solutions. The organization manages safe, drug- and alcohol-free conveniences for male and female veterans of all ages and periods. Their housing and accommodating services programs give veterans a steady base from which to find or hold a post, continue their mental or physical recovery, and, in due course, return to independent living.
Helping a Hero has an 85% success rate – one of the highest in the country – for transitioning veterans out of homelessness (among those veterans that come under the organization). They also organize events providing supplies and services such as food, clothing, shelter, VA Social Security benefits, health screenings and counseling to homeless Veterans. Veterans can also be given referrals to other assistance such as housing solutions, health care, employment, substance use treatment and psychological health counseling.